Book Review-Paper-Daisies

Paper Daisies

by

Kim Kelly

I must confess to having read Paper Daisies earlier in the year and have only just decided to write about it…or rather not write about it.

I have read The Blue Mile and This Red Earth, both authored by Kim Kelly.  Both were enjoyable books and I rated each books as four star read.

Paper Daisies commenced at Christmas 1900, whereas This Red Earth was set at the end of World War I and The Blue Mile in the 1930s and World War II

As I said it has been some time since listening to Paper Daisies and I had forgotten the story.  I was beginning to think that I may need to re-read it.  Then in Goodreads blurb I spied those two words.  Berylda Jones.  With just those two words enough of the story came back to realise why I had not previously reviewed Paper Daisies.

This audio version will go down as not my favourite Kim Kelly book.  From memory, the story seemed disjointed and I simply could not get into to it.  After a few chapters I put it away.

Unfortunately I am one of ten readers who have rated Paper Daisies one star book.  For me that is an unfinished book.   Considering around 75% of readers have rated Paper Daisies as with three (or more) stars, it may a better read than an audio book.

I think

Paper Daisies

 Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly

is a

read.

 

At the time of writing my review, other

Goodreads readers have rated

Paper Daisies

 an average of 3.7 stars from

166 ratings and 45 reviews

Paper Daisies

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

 

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Book Review-He-Will-Be-My-Ruin

He Will Be My Ruin

by

K. A. Tucker

 

He Will Be My Ruin is the second of Kathleen A. Tucker’s books in as many months.   Again, I thoroughly enjoyed He Will Be My Ruin as I did Keep Her SafeHe Will Be My Ruin is a fast paced story that did keep me reading well into the night.

Celine and Maggie come from different worlds however have been close     friends until their careers lead them on separate paths.  Celine’s death is the central point of He Will Be My Ruin.  Maggie returns to wind up Celine’s estate and the story develops from there.

With the help of a friendly Detective and his Private Investigator friend Maggie begins to examine the circumstances surrounding Celine’s death, which she thought unusual.

To say much more about the plot would bring out spoilers.  However, I will say that He Will Be My Ruin is close to the best mystery read this year.   There are potential villains a wealthy one and an apparently not so wealthy one, along with an elderly neighbour who I, at one stage, had pegged as being the villain.

He Will Be My Ruin had my attention on page one and held it until the last page and I am sure it could be translated into a screen play.

I am going to rate He Will Be My Ruin as a solid 4 star read.

I think

He Will Be My Ruin

He Will Be My Ruin

is definitely a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

He Will Be My Ruin

 an average of 3.95 stars

from 6,934 ratings

and 1,231 reviews

He Will Be My Ruin

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

Book-Review-Exhibit-Alexandra

Exhibit Alexandra

by

Natasha Bell

Exhibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell was the first of her works that I have read.  It was an interesting book however, I’m not sure that I will be chasing her other books as this plot was one which I have never come across before.

Exhibit Alexandra tells the story of a teacher’s wife, who left her career to raise a family.  One day when their children are in, or nearing, their teenage years, Alexandra disappears leaving her husband and two girls behind.  Police eventually decide that Alexandra has been murdered and scale down their search.

Alexandra’s husband is not as certain (as the police) and continues searching until he finally tracks her down.

To say much more will entail revealing spoilers which I am loath to do.

Narrator, Katharine McEwan, does a fair job of narrating of what is essentially, a slow storyline.

Simply because Exhibit Alexandra was a different story to those I usually read.  As stated previously, about other books, it may be a better read than an audio-book.

 

 

 

I have rated

Exhibit Alexandra

is still a star read.

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

Exhibit Alexandra

an average of 3.30 stars,

from 1,505 ratings

and 328 reviews.

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Exhibit Alexandra

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book-Review-The-Woman-in-the-Window

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The Woman in the Window

by

A J Finn

I am making, a little late I know, a New Financial Year resolution.  Beginning July 1st I firmly resolve to be more careful with books and authors I select to read!

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn is another of those books which I found neither enjoyable, entertaining or a page turner.  After reading page one, the only pages I wanted to turn were the covers.  Closed for ever and a day.

Fact is, from the moment I saw chapters headed as days and dates, the word “Diary” was screaming at me.

Six chapters in, and I had had enough .

One star and no more time wasted endeavouring to justify why I stopped reading.

If you really want to read The Woman in the Window, you may enjoy it.  But please consider borrowing it from your library before wasting money on a purchase you may regret.

I note that 239,000 Goodreads readers have rated The Woman in the Window as a three star read or better.  More than 110,000 readers rate it four stars.

I will be one of just over 4,000 readers who think it is one star material.

Book Review-Learning-by-Degrees


Learning by Degrees

(Dan Irvine Book #1)

by

Marty Langenberg

 

Learning by Degrees commences with university Orientation Week pranks and in this instance focuses on the hazing of a gay first year student and the long-term cost of that event.

Learning by Degrees is sort of a sequel to Marty’s previous books in so much as the core characters from Marty’s earlier works (The Broken Vows Trilogy) are reprised again, in Learning by Degrees.

Learning by Degrees commences with university Orientation Week, however the story soon jumps to about ten years after graduation day.  Most participants of the initiation ceremony are now very successful in politics or business.

One by one, four of the six involved in the initiation ceremony, against the gay freshman, turn up very dead.  I didn’t pick the murderer as Learning by Degrees ended with surviving characters explaining why and who, the murderer was.

Learning by Degrees is reasonably well paced with many conversations between characters as they try to solve the mystery of who is the murderer.

I was left a bit baffled when I discovered who the villain was, as from memory, he had a small part (except in name) and was never described (to my knowledge) as a villain.

At the time of writing my review only one other Goodreads reader had rated (5 stars) and reviewed Learning by Degrees.

My three star rating gives Learning by Degrees an average of 4 stars at this point in time.

 

I have rated

Learning by Degrees

as a

read.

Learning by Degrees

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond and Amazon

Finally, I must declare that I know and worked with Marty

for several years before he retired.

However, I believe this has not clouded my review.

 

Book-Review-Crusoes-Daughter

Crusoe’s Daughter

by

Jane Gardam

Recently, I chose to listen to Crusoe’s Daughter by Jane Gardam.  What a mistake!   After about ten minutes I was beginning to think of giving it the old heave-ho!  I persisted as my destination neared.  Tried again on the way home; even skipped half a track.  Good bye!

Crusoe’s Daughter began with a six year old telling a story from her point of view, describing her life, aunts, uncles, and anything else.  Really wasn’t listening after five minutes.

I often say narrators can make or break a book.  This narrator did not help, although it could be said that she did a wonderful job of mimicking a six year old girl’s voice.  It was after skipping the latter half of the first track and it the chapter commenced with, ‘When I was twelve….’, or words to that effect, that I rated it a one star book and pulled over to find another.

My final comment, after seeing so many three, four and five star ratings by other Goodreads readers, is that I have just completed a book which I rated as a favourite.

A favourite book is a hard act to follow.

That said I think I will steer clear of Jane Gardam books and this narrator in future.

Book Review-Keep-Her-Safe

Keep Her Safe

by

K. A. Tucker

 

 

Kathleen A. Tucker is another ‘first time’ author, for me, and again an author whose work I thoroughly enjoyed.  Keep Her Safe is a novel which combines romance, long standing friendships, family and corruption within a police force, all in one book.

Police Chief Jackie Marshall has a relatively short life in Keep Her Safe, yet with her death come revelations about the death of another officer, Abe Wilkes, fourteen years earlier.  Officer Abe was a father figure to her son, Noah.  After receiving a letter from the grave Noah sets off to find Abe’s widow.  Not only does Noah find his mentor’s widow, he also finds romance and corruption within those he knows and loves dearly.

Ms Tucker has allowed each of the main characters (including Jackie and Abe) to tell their story in alternating chapters which gives readers a different insight into each side of the story, and in particular a way of solving the mystery of Abe’s death.

Keep Her Safe is a well-paced book and kept me turning pages late into the night.  Any book which keeps me wanting to know what is on the next page is worthy of a four star rating.

I think

Keep Her Safe

Keep Her Safe: A Novel by [Tucker, K.A.]

is definitely a

read.

At the time of writing my review other

Goodreads readers have rated

Keep Her Safe

 an average of 4.08 stars

from 3,655 ratings

and 617 reviews

Keep Her Safe

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon